I’ve been talking with LABhaus, a new prefab company, about their affordable modular homes. LABhaus set out to create a progressive, modern home that mainstream consumers could actually afford. In the process, they ended up creating not just one home but three: Slide, Stretch, and ecoVilla. The models range in size from 1693 to 5071 square feet and in price from $199,900 to $649,000. Here’s what you can expect from a LABhaus home:
When we first mentioned Logical Homes in August 2007, I guess we didn’t realize how long it would be until the company actually launched. But I think the wait has been worth it. Logical Homes is officially out of pre-launch and just published details of their first three home designs. The company is run by a whole list of folks, but the most notable is probably their Creative Director and COO, Peter DeMaria. He’s a high profile expert in container architecture — don’t miss this video of him talking about container homes. Let’s check out what Logical Homes just introduced:
It's fascinating to see the many and various forms created by prefab construction. In this case, Live Edge and Paul Discoe are using a Japanese post and beam system of construction (see bottom two images) to create somewhat traditional (but clean) and warm prefab homes. These homes are absolutely beautiful and built using reclaimed urban trees, which are removed for disease, storm damage, danger of falling, or construction clearing, etc. The home pictured above is Live Edge's one-bedroom prototype, and the one immediately below is a two-bedroom home.
If you didn’t already know, or couldn’t already tell, we’re seriously interested in the prefab world. Showing off new companies and innovative homes is what we do, so it’s our pleasure to talk about a relatively new company on the scene: Stillwater Dwellings. The Seattle-based company was founded by two architects and one builder/developer about eight months ago, and they’re going to break ground on the first home in Bend, Oregon this month. Stillwater put a lot of work into elucidating the “all-in” construction costs of a home, and they’re targeting prices in the range of $130 – 195 psf — quite competitive really for the prefab market. They also have a refreshing philosophy about how to do things; these are their fundamental beliefs:
This is the Wedge House or Metheny Residence, which was designed by Studio B and built by BuildSense. You wouldn't know it just by looking, but the home gets its prominent wedge roof by resting on top of three, factory-built modules — naturally, one module on one side and two on the other. The 1,829 square foot house was designed with an efficient envelope using 2×6 wall framing and high performance doors and windows. But before even getting to that, the architect made sure to properly orient the place and provide shade with friendly overhangs.